Applicant Aims to Calm Concerns Over Proposal to Convert 29 Comm Ave into Private Club

September 26, 2017
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By Dan Murphy At a special meeting of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) Licensing and Building Use Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 19, the owner of 29 Commonwealth Ave. sought to assuage neighbors’ concerns regarding the potential traffic, delivery and noise impacts from changing its use from an office building to a...

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Parks Department Announces Beacon Hill Tree Removal Hearing on Oct 5

September 26, 2017
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In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 5, at 10 a.m. on a request to remove two public shade trees on Joy Street on Beacon Hill. The hearing will be held by the City of Boston’s Tree Warden (or...

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Downtown View:Raise Your Kids in the City

September 26, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor It’s a familiar story. Twenty-somethings enjoy living downtown. Then they have kids. After a couple of years they depart for the suburbs. They have good reasons. The schools are often better. The housing is cheaper. There is more space. Common practices and policies make it hard for families to stay...

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BHCA Community Corner

September 26, 2017
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Fall HillFest draws crowds on a summer-like day By Suzanne Besser The balloons were flying, band playing and spirits high when the Beacon Hill Civic Association welcomed hundreds of neighbors to Fall HillFest, the sixteenth annual neighborhood block party held on Mount Vernon Street on Sunday. More than twenty of Beacon Hill’s nonprofit institutions...

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City Paws:Fall Dog Allergies

September 26, 2017
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By Penny & Ed Cherubino As the leaves turn color into the brilliant hues of fall, does your dog begin to itch? While leaves may be part of the problem, the biggest culprit is probably ragweed. As reported on Vetstreet.com, Dr. Kimberly Coyner, a veterinary dermatologist at the Dermatology Clinic for Animals of Tacoma,...

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Frankie’s Friends to Remember Frankie Stillman, Raise Money for Charlestown Youth Hockey

September 26, 2017
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By Seth Daniel When talking about Francis ‘Frankie’ Stillman, his imprint on the Charlestown Youth Hockey Association (CYHA) and Boston hockey community was as big emotionally as the man was big physically. The hulking man, who played hockey at Charlestown High School and as a resident of the Town and rink manager in Charlestown,...

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West End Museum Recognizing Individuals of Italian Descent

September 26, 2017
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For the eighth consecutive year, The West End Museum marks Italian Heritage Month by recognizing individuals of Italian descent for their contributions to preserving the culture of the West End and its rich immigrant history. Italian Heritage Month Honoree Night takes place on Tuesday, October 3 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Honoree presentations will be followed...

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Police Briefs 09-26-2017

September 26, 2017
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Residence 09/25/17 – Victims reported their Phillips St. residence was broken into while they were staying in a hotel, at which time a cleaning company left their windows open following a flood. Meanwhile, unknown person(s) entered the home and stole numerous pieces of jewelry.

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How We Are Recognizing Recovery Month

September 26, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh  I wouldn’t be where I am today without the recovery community — and I know many other Bostonians have had the same experience as me. That’s why it’s so important we create strong pathways to recovery, and why I’m proud Boston recognizes September as Recovery Month here in our...

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Public Invited to King’s Chapel Parish House

September 21, 2017
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Public Invited to King’s Chapel Parish House

By Amelia Nugent King’s Chapel has stood at the foot of Beacon Hill since the 1600s. Its parishioners have participated in the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Fall HillFest, with a table offering face painting, bubble jars and King’s Chapel crowns for the young and young at heart, as long as it has been going...

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Not So Tall

September 21, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The developers behind the proposed Winthrop Square Tower that has caused controversy over the new shadows it would create over the historic parks downtown, has lowered the height from 775 feet to just above 700 feet to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance. As part of the review process...

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Bauman Marathon Bombing Story, A Focus on Recovery and Overcoming

September 21, 2017
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By Cary Shuman The stars were out at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown Tuesday night for the Boston movie premiere of “Stronger,” the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings in the Back Bay. Bauman was memorialized almost immediately after the bombings in the Back...

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BHCA Community Corner

September 21, 2017
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James Cassidy, a seasonal laborer with the Boston Public Works Department, received a round of applause from the Beacon Hill Civic Association Streets and Sidewalks Committee last week. “We can’t thank Cassidy and others in his crew enough,” said Rajan Nanda, Committee Chair. “Their work makes such a difference to our neighborhood.” Cassidy, often...

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Downtown View:September

September 21, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor For the past three weeks everyone has been busy. Neighborhood organizations are throwing welcome-back parties and holding meetings, confident that people are back in town. Kids gather again at bus stops. They carry backpacks and sports equipment, looking determined and full of anticipation for what their school day holds. The...

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Boston City Council News and Notes

September 21, 2017
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Council supports Home Rule Petition to allow Mayoral   appointments The Boston City Council on Wednesday, September 13, voted to pass the Home Rule Petition, which will give Mayor Martin Walsh the power to appoint members to vacant or expired seats on certain city boards and commissions if the relevant nominating entity fails to submit...

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Julia Powell Addresses the Crowd at Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Season Opening

September 21, 2017
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By Amy Tsurumi The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum welcomed back neighbors to its fifth season on September 12 at the Hampshire House.  The main room was overflowing with members eager to hear Julia S. Powell speak about her complex life journey from high-achieving scholar/athlete during her school years to Stanford-trained New York City corporate...

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Church of the Covenant Continues Work to Preserve Tiffany Windows

September 21, 2017
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At the corner of Newbury and Berkeley Streets in the Back Bay, one of Boston’s best-kept secrets  is found within the walls of the Church of the Covenant. Known for the tall steeple that sticks out amongst the shorter buildings in the block, the stonewalls of the church are illuminated by the largest intact...

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Esplanade Supporters Enjoy A Special ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Celebration

September 21, 2017
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Tiffany’s & Co. hosted a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” celebration for the Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala committee at their Newbury Street location on Wednesday morning, September 13th.  The committee came together to preview the spectacular platinum daisy key pendant Tiffany’s & Co. generously donated to the upcoming annual benefit gala which is to take place...

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Police Briefs 09-19-2017

September 21, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny 09/17/17- At around 6:30 p.m., a victim reported her UPS delivery package containing a pair of shoes was stolen from her front porch on West Cedar Street. A witness observed a male and female remove the package before fleeing on foot. Larceny (Bike) 09/12/17 –...

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When Will We Be Next?

September 21, 2017
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The superstorm hurricanes of the past two weeks, Harvey and Irma, that have ravaged the southern part of our country, have made us all aware of two things. First, climate change is for real. The record rainfall that inundated Houston and the winds that obliterated the U.S. Virgin Islands and other islands in the...

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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Executive Board

September 13, 2017
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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Executive Board

The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Executive Board meets on President Sandra Gilpatrick’s deck in preparation for tonight’s forum at the Hampshire House at 6 p.m. Pictured, left to right, are Lisa Macalaster, Senaida Currie, Kathy Judge, Elisabeth Malin, Sandra Gilpatrick, Lisa Cleary, Jackie McBride, Therese Byrne and Pat Carucci.

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Artist Julia Powell to Kick-Start BHWF’s Fifth Season

September 13, 2017
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By Amy Tsurumi The opening event of the fifth season of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF), “Artist on the Rise with Julia S. Powell,” will take place on Tuesday, September 12, at the Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street.  The evening will commence with a cash-bar cocktail hour at 6 p.m, followed by the...

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MGH Marks Recovery Month with Education Series Events

September 13, 2017
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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) will join millions of people across America in recognizing National Recovery Month. Led by the MGH Substance Use Disorders Initiative (SUDs) – a group devoted to enhancing SUD treatment in the inpatient and outpatient setting – MGH will host a series of events throughout September to raise awareness of prevention,...

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King’s Chapel to Honor Rev Scovel

September 13, 2017
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The Reverend Carl Scovel was the admired – let’s say beloved – minister of King’s Chapel for 32 years, beginning in 1967. He was a part of the Beacon Hill community, living with his wife, Faith, and raising their children, Helen, Rebecca and Christopher, in the church’s parsonage next to the parish house at...

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